April is National Soyfoods Month, making it the perfect time to experiment with versatile soy products like tofu, tempeh, edamame, soymilk, veggie burgers, soy oil, tamari and more.
Soybeans are a simple way to add protein and fiber to your diet. Soy protein is low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol. It’s also high in polyunstaurated fat and essential omega-3 fatty acids, and is a great source of B-vitamins, folic acid, potassium, calcium, and zinc. Plus, soybeans have a low glycemic index, meaning they are a good choice to support healthy blood sugar levels.
Celebrate National Soyfoods Month by adding a soy recipe this month, like this one for edamame dip:
- 1½ c. edamame, cooked
- 1 T. soybean oil
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. ground cumin
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 T. water
- 3 T. fresh lemon juice
- Prepare edamame, according to package instructions but omit the salt.
- Place oil, salt, cumin and garlic in a food processor; pulse 2 to 3 times or until coarsely chopped.
- Add edamame, water, and lemon juice; process 1 minute or until smooth.
- Spoon dip into serving bowl.
- Serve with pita chips or your favorite vegetables.